"As we get closer in July, our conditioning will change," Pollard said. "The drills will begin to look more like the drills they will do during two-a-days and during thte season. We'll make our exercises as football-specific as possible."">
"As we get closer in July, our conditioning will change," Pollard said. "The drills will begin to look more like the drills they will do during two-a-days and during thte season. We'll make our exercises as football-specific as possible."">

Photo report: Less than three weeks left

NCAA rules prohibit the other Tide coaches from working directly with the players during summer, which means that until the veterans offically report on August 7, the players "belong" to Ben Pollard. <br><br>"As we get closer in July, our conditioning will change," Pollard said. "The drills will begin to look more like the drills they will do during two-a-days and during thte season. We'll make our exercises as football-specific as possible."

Tyler Watts "skates" in the sand pit. Completely recovered from his injury, Watts is a solid No. 1 at quarterback and determined to make his final season his best. "Our schedule is plenty tough," he said. "And that's enough motivation right there."


Senior Joel Babb squats in the weight room. Having stuck it out as a walk on for four seasons, Babb is one of the most respected members of the squad. He finished spring drills third string at flanker and hopes to earn a spot in the regular playing rotation this fall.


Senior center Alonzo Ephraim takes a break from his lifting. As Bama's only returning All-SEC player, Ephraim has assumed a leadership role on the team. "We're looking at how hard we've got to work this summer to prepare for next season," he explained. "Everybody keeps talking about the NCAA, but that's everybody else. All we're trying to do is play our role, and everything else will take care of itself."


Sophomore wideout Tarry Givens prepares for his "superman" jump in the sand pit. Receivers Coach Kenith Pope assessed Givens. "If you look at Tarry Givens, he's not where he's going to be yet. He's got the height, but he's got to do some more things as far as being a more sure-handed guy."


Defensive end Jon Brunson, middle linebacker Freddie Roach and defensive tackle Derek Sanders shown in the weight room. "I expect Freddie to be a very solid linebacker," Carl Torbush, Tide Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach said. "And I think he's going to play way beyond his years next season."


How's your Tide player IQ? That's tight end Donald Clarke in the front left, Cornelius Wortham is behind him with safety Waine Bacon on the far right. Punter Lane Bearden is over Clarke's right shoulder and guard Danny Martz is seen behind Wortham. Strength and Conditioning Coach Ben Pollard commented on the squad's summer work. "There is no doubt that what we ask them to do is hard," Pollard said. "But it would be even harder to do without their enthusiasm."



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